Somerset County Undersheriff Tim Pino is a friend of mine. And he's one of the good guys for sure.

Serving in law enforcement for the past 30 years, starting as a cop in Dunellen, in 1992, he is not done yet.

Tim's career highlight was his command of the Somerset County K9 Unit where he formed a 12-year partnership with K9 officer Dano. Dano inspired a law in New Jersey specifically to protect police dogs as they perform their duty in service to our community.

The tradition of service is continuing in the Pino family as Tim's son Jake is a freshly minted private in the United States Army having successfully completed his training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

The Pino Family
The Pino Family

As we approach the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it's important to recognize those who step up for our nation and communities.

As we see more and more young people forget the lessons from 9/11 and the woke culture invading the armed forces and law enforcement units like cancer, it's important to recognize that there are great patriots among us.

Although many of our political and military leaders have sold their souls to protect their incomes, there are millions of rank-and-file service members and LEOs who haven't lost sight of the mission to protect, serve and sacrifice for the next generation.

Filip Andrejevic via Unsplash
Filip Andrejevic via Unsplash

To all of your sons and daughters who took the oath, thank you. Thank you for the personal sacrifice and thank you for ignoring the noise and taking the step to take our nation into the future.

Never Forget: Notable 9/11 memorials in NJ

There are a number of memorials in New Jersey dedicated to remembering the lives of residents lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The sites range from gardens to parks and plaques to statues.

See 20 Ways America Has Changed Since 9/11

For those of us who lived through 9/11, the day’s events will forever be emblazoned on our consciousnesses, a terrible tragedy we can’t, and won’t, forget. Now, two decades on, Stacker reflects back on the events of 9/11 and many of the ways the world has changed since then. Using information from news reports, government sources, and research centers, this is a list of 20 aspects of American life that were forever altered by the events of that day. From language to air travel to our handling of immigration and foreign policy, read on to see just how much life in the United States was affected by 9/11.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. Any opinions expressed are Bill's own. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., talkin’ Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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